Responding to the demand for cleaner-burning diesel fuel, refineries and suppliers have introduced various fuels derived from renewable resources.  One such renewable diesel option is Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil or HVO.  HVO fuel is produced using the same components as biodiesel but with a different process that modifies the properties of the final renewable diesel fuel product.

Despite being newer to the market, Foster Fuels Mission Critical is a trusted HVO fuel supplier.

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HVO For Data Centers

It is no secret that data center facilities require diesel generators for backup power in the event of a power disruption. As the data center industry pledges stronger commitments to environmental sustainability, biofuels look like a formidable alternative to petroleum diesel. Earlier biofuels like FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Esters) Biodiesel proved problematic during long-term storage for critical backup systems when exposed to contamination from microbes, water entrainment, and temperature instability.

HVO fuel mitigates thee problems seen with FAME Biodiesel while retaining the benefits of renewable components in the production process and greenhouse gas reductions throughout the fuel’s lifecycle.  HVO has been used by data centers in Europe for over a decade and is approved for use in Caterpillar, Kohler and Cummins generators.

HVO Fuel & Renewable Diesel FAQs

How is HVO Fuel made?

HVO is made using organic oils and fats, particularly from vegetables and plants.  The components are hydrogenated and then hydrocracked to produce this energy-rich fuel.

How does HVO fuel compare with regular diesel fuel (ULSD)?

Most HVO fuels are almost identical in specifications to standard Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel fuel.  HVO complies with ASTM D975 standards for diesel fuel.

Can HVO be mixed with petroleum diesel?

Yes, hydrotreated vegetable oil and ULSD can be mixed with no change to your generator or engines.

How does HVO affect emissions derived from diesel engines?

Most commonly used HVO fuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 40% and 90% and typically contain 85% less sulfur than ULSD.

When Was HVO Fuel Invented?

HVO is a relatively new product that started production in 2007.  However, it is quickly growing in popularity due to its reduction in carbon emissions and potent performance.

How popular is HVO?

Globally, HVO fuel is the third most popular renewable diesel behind Ethanol and FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Esters) Biodiesel.

Is HVO Sustainable?

Yes. HVO fuel provides a substantial reduction in Co2 emissions.

HVO Fuel Production Process

According to ETIP Bioenergy, “HVO is produced by hydrogenation and hydrocracking of vegetable oils and animal fats using hydrogen and catalysts at high temperatures and pressures. In this hydrotreating process, oxygen is removed from the feedstocks consisting of triglycerides and/or fatty acids. The resulting products consist of straight-chained hydrocarbons (paraffins) with varying properties and molecular size depending on the feedstock characteristics and the process conditions. The conversion usually takes place in two stages: hydrotreatment followed by hydrocracking/isomerization. The hydrotreatment typically takes place between 300 – 390°C. For treatment of triglycerides, propane is a typical by-product.”

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